A group of Birmingham artists have launched a campaign promoting fair pay from galleries exhibiting their work this month.
The group of artists led by Ruth Claxton, of Eastside Projects, and Cheryl Jones, of Grand Union, are hoping to encourage galleries to be more transparent about their policies of paying artists.
The campaign is part of a national Paying Artists initiative launched by a-n / AIR, the largest artist membership organisation in the UK, in the wake of a survey which showed that 71% of artists got no fee for exhibiting in publicly funded spaces in the UK over a three year period.
The Birmingham campaign will host ‘Not paying artists is bad for you…Discuss’ , a public discussion at Eastside Projects in Digbeth on Tuesday 19th May.
The discussion will explore what a fair pay policy for artists in Birmingham might look like, and to profile the good work already being done by Birmingham’s National Portfolio funded arts organisations. It will kick off with quick fire provocations by Dorothy Wilson, Director of mac Birmingham; Gavin Wade, Director of Eastside Projects; Toby Watley, Director of Collections, Birmingham Museums Trust; and Artists Stuart Whipps, Elizabeth Rowe, Anna Horton and Sophie Bullock; followed by a feedback through a public discussion.